Chaired by Doug Weale, on Thursday May 9th, the club hosted the annual Kent Area Debate; the motion, “This house believes equality for women has gone too far “, proved, as expected, a source of earnest, heated, passionate and entertaining rhetoric.
Two teams of four, speaking alternately in individual turn, promoted powerful and sincere opinion, captivating the audience, as indeed the subject does universally. At the conclusion of the team speeches, the motion was put to the Floor, prompting equally converse views, expressed in what became, at times, heated, but always honestly asserted, and in the true style of intelligent [...]
Club President, Bernie Morgan, chaired the meeting on Thursday 25th April; opening with a speech by Paul Hogwood, assigned to exemplify purposeful speaking, together with confidence; the qualities designated by the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we belong: a thorough knowledge of his subject, together with a fine presentation earned a pass mark, by his evaluator Garry Costain. Evaluation by fellow members who offer considered opinion, on both the qualities achieved together with suggestions for improvement, is our source of progress as we practise.
The speech which followed, by Kathleen Smith, required an equally challenging factor in public speaking; [...]
Chaired by Ron Sheldrake, the meeting on Thursday 11th April offered an agenda which provided two speeches of superb quality. First, the opportunity of delivering a ‘B1’ maiden speech (given to each new member in an-introduction-to-the-art-of-public speaking programme) was embraced by Dr. John Beale. D.J.B. gave us an account of absorbing interest, recalling a progression from his childhood in the Welsh village of Cefn Cribwr (at 500 feet above sea level and overlooking the Bristol Channel), to schoolboy rugby at Bridgend and scholarship to medical school in London. The speech sparkled with the notorious humour of his profession, together with [...]
Margaret Jones chaired the meeting, which, as always, exemplified the objective pursued, namely to practice and improve the art of speaking in public.
Ron Sheldrake began the meeting with a tribute to our late (former) member John Harvey. Ron recalled John’s presentation of an autographed book ”Wit and Wisdom”, which will be treasured in our Club Library.
In the Business Session, President Bernie Morgan drew our attention to the Open Evening on Thursday, March 14th, to be held at our usual venue, The Royal Temple Yacht Club. This is planned for visitors, who will, we are sure, enjoy a demonstration [...]
The Club committee met on 8th March to discuss our forthcoming open evening on 14 March at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate.
Everyone is invited to attend the open evening as it will be a fun and interactive introduction to the art of public speaking.
See you there!
Ron Sheldrake chaired the meeting on March 22nd, at which the first half was devoted to a “workshop” illustrating aspects of public speaking deemed vital . With no professional instruction, club members of experience and long standing offered their advice on humour and rapport respectively.
Doug Weale, with examples of how the introduction of humour into a speech can be used as a persuasive factor, as well as being entertaining: among his samples, he cited the law courts, in which, having made the jury laugh, at the expense of an unsure witness, a Counsel had used humour as a vital [...]